President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo born on 29 March 1944 is the 5th President of the fourth Republic of Ghana and took to office on the 7th of January 2017.
He previously served as Attorney General from 2001 to 2003 and as Minister for Foreign Affairs from 2003 to 2007 under the Presidency of John Agyekum Kufuor. He was the NPP’s candidate in the 2016 elections and defeated President John Dramani Mahama.
Akufo-Addo was born in Accra, but hails from the Eastern regional town of Kyebi. He is from a prominent royal and political family and is the son of Edward Akuffo-Addo who was Ghana’s third Chief Justice from 1966 to 1970 and the non-executive President of Ghana from 1970 till 1972. Nana Akufo-Addo’s maternal grandfather was Nana Sir Ofori Atta, King of Akyem Abuakwa who was a member of the Executive Council of the Governor of the Gold Coast before Ghana’s independence. He is a nephew of Kofi Asante Ofori-Atta and William Ofori Atta. His great-uncle was J. B. Danquah, another member of The Big Six on Ghana’s currency the Cedi.
After his basic education he went to England to study at Lancing College, Sussex and after his return to Ghana he taught at the Accra Academy, before starting Economics at the University of Ghana, Legon and subsequently studied law in the UK.
Nana Akufo-Addo has been called to the Bar in the United Kingdom and Ghana and worked for a brief period in Paris with the law firm Courdet Freres. He is the co-founder of the law firm Prempeh and co.
Akufo-Addo’s participation in politics began when he joined the People’s Movement for Freedom and Justice, an organization formed to oppose the General Acheampong-led Supreme Military Council. He was among a broad group of elites who formed Alliance for Change, an alliance that organized demonstrations against neo-liberal policies, civil rights violations of the Rawlings presidency.
He formed a civil rights organization called Ghana’s Committee on Human and People’s Rights.
Akufo-Addo was the chief campaigner for Kufuor in the 2000 election. He became the first Attorney General and Minister for Justice of the Kufuor era, and later moved to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD). Akufo-Addo also served as Chair of the Commonwealth Observer Mission for the South African elections in 2014.
The President campaigned in the elections of 2016 mainly on the economy, promising to stabilize the country’s foreign exchange rate and to reduce unemployment levels. His running mate, now vice-President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, an economist and former deputy Governor of the bank of Ghana is an internationally recognized economist who played a large role in the economic promises during the elections.
The President is married to Rebecca Akufo-Addo (née Griffiths-Randolph) and they have five daughters.